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Wed., Feb. 27, 2013, 11:06 a.m.

NYT Spotlights Gay Marriage In INW

Henry "Digger" Johnston, a regular here since the beginning of Huckleberries, and his partner, Alex, are the subject of a New York Times article on same-sex marriage that focus on the difference in law on the controversial issue between Washington & Idaho:

The border with Washington State is just two miles from the home that Henry D. Johnston and his partner, Alex Irwin, own here in western Idaho, but for a gay couple it might as well be a thousand. Over there, just a brisk morning’s walk away, same-sex marriage was approved by a majority of statewide voters last fall; over here, the Idaho Constitution, through an amendment passed by voters in 2006, says that even a civil union granted elsewhere has no validity. “Set your clock back,” Mr. Johnston said of his daily commute home from a job in Pullman, Wash. The nation’s patchwork geography of same-sex marriage laws was not much of an issue when just a few states allowed it. But now nine states and the District of Columbia allow such unions, with Maine, Maryland and Washington voting to join the list last fall. And the Supreme Court could decide this summer whether equal marriage protections are a right under the Constitution/Kirk Johnson, New York Times. More here. (Facebook photo: Henry Johnston at controls of KRFP radio show in Moscow)

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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